|Birth: ||Sep. 5, 1833|
|Death: ||Dec. 13, 1862|
Enlisted as a Private in the Pittsburgh Rifles (Company A, 9th Pennsylvania Reserves) in April 1861.
Elected as Third Corporal on 1 JUN 1861.
Elected First Corporal prior to 26 JUN 1861.
Promoted to Fifth Sergeant on or about 21 OCT 1861.
Promoted to Fourth Sergeant on 30 NOV 1861.
Promoted to First Sergeant on 8 APR 1862.
Appointed First Lieutenant on 4 AUG 1862 to date from 1 JUL 1862.
Mortally wounded at Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862 and died later that same evening.
At the dedication of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves monument at Gettysburg, Robert Taggart reminisced about his friend Reuben Long.
The night before that same battle [Fredericksburg], Lieutenant Long, whom you all remember, sat beside the camp-fire with a friend and comrade, and talked of a premonition he had that he would fall in the approaching engagement. His comrade tried to lead his mind away from such forebodings, but he continued to talk of his approaching death, as that comrade afterwards informed me, in a brave, calm manner; and the last words he said that night were: "I feel sure this will be my last night with the boys of the company and regiment." He had given his watch, letters, and other tokens of value to the hospital steward, with instructions to send them to his mother after the battle. He fell mortally wounded in the front of the fight and lived but a few hours.
I had known Reuben Long from the time, when, as lads in our teens, we attended the same school, and as boy and man he was ever noble, true-hearted and brave. It matters not what you or I may think of premonitions such as so impressed his mind that night before the battle. This we know. As he sat beside the camp-fire, and calmly, bravely, as his friend expressed it, talked of his approaching death, he felt within his soul that to-morrow's sun would light his pathway to the tomb.
Yet, when the mist was lifted from the field of Fredericksburg, and the battle line was formed on that December morning, he was present at the post of duty, nor faltered, though he heard his death knell in the command to charge across that fated field. It is easy to understand how, in the whirl of the battle's mad fury, one may encounter and despise danger, or even death with all its terrors. But in the stillness of the night, to calmly contemplate the giving up of home, and friends, and kindred, and life itself with all its hopes and joys and aspiration, and yet, in honor's name, resolve to make the sacrifice, is something that the truly brave of heart, and only they, can understand. In such heroic conduct in the very face of death, we have a clearer view of how a brave man may approach his grave.
Excerpt from page 231 of the following work:
Nicholson, J.P., Ed. (1893) Pennsylvania at Gettysburg: Ceremonies at the dedication of the monuments erected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to mark the positions of the Pennsylvania commands engaged in the battle, vol. 1. Harrisburg, PA: E.K. Myers.
James M. Owston
Joseph Long (1790 - 1862)
Sarah A. Miller Long (1801 - 1863)
Margarett Wilson Long Davis (1817 - 1909)*
William Long (1821 - 1821)*
David Miller Long (1822 - 1895)*
Joseph Wilson Long (1827 - 1880)*
Samuel Allen Long (1827 - 1905)*
Martha Elliott Long Frew (1830 - 1911)*
Reuben Miller Long (1833 - 1862)
Henry M Long (1836 - 1866)*
Edward Payson Long (1839 - 1898)*
Charles James Long (1842 - 1864)*
Note: Military Grave
Plot: Section 12, Lot 102
Created by: Dr. James M. Owston
Record added: Dec 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32362653
Added: Oct. 27, 2015
Rest in Peace.|
Added: May. 16, 2010
Added: Oct. 28, 2009